In front of a dummy goal post erected inside Blantyre’s Protea Ryalls, Dakamau Dancers wriggled their waists in a typical scintillating Samba fashion Wednesday night.
And after that warm up for the inaugural Airtel Top 8 Cup draw, it was time for the reality as giants found themselves on a collision course in the quarterfinals which get underway on May 13.
The draw could not get any tougher than Nyasa Big Bullets kicking off their last-eight campaign away to Silver Strikers in the first leg with the reverse fixture scheduled for the weekend of May 21.
Bullets rivals, Be Forward Wanderers, too, earned a tough draw against their bogey team, Azam Tigers with the only consolation being that the cup-specialists will start at home.
In the other quarterfinals, Kamuzu Barracks host Blue Eagles in the first leg with Moyale Barracks welcoming Mafco in the competition that will see an away goal rule apply.
Reacting to the draw, Silver Team Manager, Francis Songo, staring at Bullets Coach, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, did not mince words, saying: “Bullets have been paired against a snake.”
In response, Ramadhan said: “Football is about playing on the pitch. Prepare thoroughly for battle.”
Speaking before the draw, Airtel Malawi Marketing Director, Emmanuel Kasambara, said they were excited to contribute to football development through the cup.
Fam Competitions’ Sub-Committee Vice- Chairperson, Daud Mtanthiko, hailed Airtel for the three-year cup sponsorship worth K198 million.
The champion will receive K15 million while the runners-up will get K5 million.